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Marcus Browne, the light heavyweight boxer from Staten Island, earned some experience at the Olympics in London. No, he didn't come home with a medal, but the 21-year-old hitter obviously showed some attributes that stood out to those in the know within the professional realm. Because after he finishes a late afternoon workout, Browne will tonight sign a contract with top-echelon adviser Al Haymon.
Browne sifted through offers for a few weeks, he told NYFightBlog, but decided to cast his lot with Haymon, who advises the man many feel is the top pound-for-pounder in the game, Floyd Mayweather. "I'm more ready to get to work than excited, he's the best in the business and he said he'll make me a superstar," Browne said. "I have no choice but to believe him...but the proof is in the pudding!"
We will keep you apprised on when and where Browne makes his professional debut.
Attorney Keith Sullivan offered advice on the contract issue; I left a message with him, to ask about specifics, but haven't heard back as of yet.
It's been a heady spell for the kid, who learned the trade in Teddy Atlas' Cops N Kids gym; he met President Obama at the White House two weeks ago and now he signed a deal with the former music exec who is now one of the handful of most powerful people in the fight business. Haymon studied at Harvard, conquered the music touring business, with artists like MC Hammer and New Edition, moved into TV production, and has now built himself up in the sweet science to mythical status. Part of that rep stems from the fact that he is ultra-low profile, choosing not to chat with media.
Richard Schaefer, the day-to-day head of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions called Haymon “easily the smartest man I’ve ever met.”
Browne's path to reach where he wants to get, to a world championship, will surely not be free of bumps. But with this deal, with Haymon, he has started the trek to professional success on a smooth road propelled by a potent engine of wheeling and dealing.